Don’t go far off, not even for a day, because —
because — I don’t know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.
Don’t leave me, even for an hour, because
then the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.
Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach;
may your eyelids never flutter into the empty distance.
Don’t leave me for a second, my dearest,
because in that moment you’ll have gone so far
I’ll wander mazily over all the earth, asking,
Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying?
There’s a documentary about Pablo Neruda in the works, from nonprofit Red Poppy which specializes in promoting Latin America poetry. The documentary is titled “Poet’s Calling” and they’ve managed to get interviews with top poets and Neruda’s friends, among them Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Isabel Allende. See a clip below and read more here.
According to the website – “The film is composed of stunning shots of his native land, captivating poetic sequences, and unique archival material. Our interviews are crucial to the storytelling, especially with their breadth of variety. These include his few living close friends, students, bestselling Chilean author Isabel Allende, and legendary poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
The intent is to raise social awareness by demonstrating how, through his words, Neruda gave voice to others, and how for Neruda, poetry was a rallying cry for the social function of art: a way to bear witness to social and environmental wrongs. We want viewers to see—and feel–how poetry can illuminate them intellectually, spiritually, and socially.”
The short film “The Me Bird” is a free interpretation of the homonym poem by Pablo Neruda. The inspiration in the strata stencil technique helps conceptualize the repetition of layers as the past of our movements and actions. The frames depicted as jail and the past as a burden serve as the background for the story of a ballerina on a journey towards freedom. A diversified artistic experimentation recreates the tempest that connects bird and dancer.
The Me Bird from 18bis on Vimeo.